"Plagiarism, An act or instance of plagiarizing ( i.e., taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own). The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy practices generally in violation of copyright laws."
~Source: Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (c)1995.
You can receive a grade of "0" or even fail your class if you plagiarize. Plagiarism can happen in several different ways. You may be conscious of doing some and others may be unintentional. Examples:
This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them. Must access on campus or login with your COM account for off campus access.
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Avoiding plagiarism can be a balancing act, but there are things that can help. Here are some steps that can help: